In a move towards more humane practices, ACS does not pick up or provide traps used to catch wildlife.
- Our local wildlife rescue groups are much better equipped at handling and housing wildlife than we are. That’s what they do.
- Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation can be reached at 830.336.2725. They have information on more humane ways to either live with or deter wild animals without having to resort to a potentially dangerous trap or inhumane methods of wildlife control.
- ACS is working towards a "more humane" goal for the community and trapping animals who aren’t threatening the public doesn’t fit into that way of thinking.
- Our current facility was built with dogs and cats in mind. Most ACS staff members do not have the specialized training to safely handle wild animals.
- Revising the Trap Policy is actually a cost SAVINGS to the taxpayer. No added expense or time dealing with animals outside of our true scope of responsibility - that is, dogs and cats.
- There are several private companies in San Antonio that will trap/pickup wild animals (for a fee). See the link below to 911 Wildlife, or google "wildlife removal" for other options. We encourage you to choose companies that employ humane methods of wildlife removal.
If you suspect a wild animal may be rabid or it’s actually injured someone, here’s what to do:
- Of course, it’s vitally important that a pet or person who has been injured by wildlife receive IMMEDIATE medical attention.
- It’s always best to leave wildlife alone. Don’t touch them. Don’t bother them.
- Animal Care Services will always respond to incidents where a wild animal has bitten or scratched a person or a pet. Of course, ANY animal showing signs of having rabies will be picked up by our Animal Care Officers. Those symptoms include not eating, eating strange things like sticks or rocks, clumsiness, unusual snapping, foaming at the mouth, biting, and/or a "vacant" or "crazed" look.
- Potentially rabid animals showing any signs will be tested and the citizen will be contacted if tests come back positive.